Dear Parents and Carers
You can see from the information and photos below that we are very, very busy at South Coogee! Aside from these activities we have had student teachers in our school. Ms Tyrie has left to have her new daughter and Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Scott are taking over W4.
We have had our new shade shelters completed so that we can help your children be sun safe. Your P&C contributed to the cost of these so I urge you to support their fundraising efforts. All funds they raise are aimed at improving the school for the children attending now. At the last P&C meeting they donated $4000 to the upgrading of our school library. Their next fundraiser is the Colour Run and children have been asked to get sponsors for the run. There are exciting prizes available. Information has been sent home via Connect, on Instagram and also on Facebook.
We are planning for next year and recruiting staff. If your child will be leaving at the end of this year we would appreciate it if you could inform the office as soon possible.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you to everyone who has supported our Book Fair this year. We exceeded our goals on the first day, selling over $1000 of products. By hosting a Book Fair, we are entitled to a commission which we are then able to spend on Scholastic products throughout the year. A huge thank you to my 2 wonderful Library Assistants, Amberlee and Izabella. Without their valuable help, the Book Fair would not have been able to be such a success.
Cultural Celebration Day
On Friday 6th November our school participated in a Cultural Celebration Day. This was a day to celebrate all cultures in our school; a day to celebrate Aboriginal culture in our school with the opening of our Noongar Six Seasons ground mural to mark the beginning of NAIDOC Week; and a day to celebrate our Noongar and Indonesian language and cultural learning with our tri-lingual signs in English, Noongar and Indonesian.
Thank you to the following people for their contributions:
• South Coogee students for coming dressed in clothes from their cultural heritage
• Special guests for attending (representatives from District Office, our school board, Cockburn Cement and friends and family of Mr Thorne)
• Cockburn Cement for funding pressure cleaning, paint and supplies
• Mr Len Thorne for the amazing art work and Noongar translations for the signs
• Ibu Cristy for Indonesian translations for the signs
• Mrs Wheatley for leading the school in our Noongar singing
• South Coogee Primary School Community for your support and participation
Thank you to The Perth Ballet Company and Act, Belong, Commit for entertaining our students, from Kindy to Year 6 , on Monday, with two, free performances.
Their message was twofold- to be active and join in the fun with friends and to show the change over time with Music and Dance in our society.
Their performance was vibrant and colourful and the students enjoyed participating.
Congratulations to our 62 students that attended the recent Cockburn District School Sports Association Athletic Carnival 2020. South Coogee PS had the largest contingent of students representing their school on Friday 30th October. We are in the A Division category.
It was a very, very hot day and all our students were extremely well-behaved and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. We were all very proud of our students. We had a terrific day of friendly competition and fun.
Overall, South Coogee PS finished in 4th place. We were only 1 point behind for 3rd position. I’ve officially had the results e-mailed to me today for perusal.
A huge, huge thank you to Ms Debra Barnes, Mrs Anderson and Ms Megan Rollings for all your support and valuable help throughout the day. We were all very busy. Thank you also to administration for coming to Santich Park to see the competitors and cheer them along.
School Board Report
As the year is drawing to a close, we need to be thankful for all that has been achieved at South Coogee this year. In a year like no other, so many wonderful things have happened at our school and our school community has shown real resilience.
At the most recent School Board meeting we had the privilege of seeing how our students have continued to grow academically and how data collected is used to assist in future planning. We also heard about how many of the programs implemented at South Coogee are admired by other schools. Our staff continue to share their knowledge of these programs with teachers in our network who often request to visit and see programs in action. As a Board we are very proud of our hard-working team of staff and students.
There have been some improvements to the school grounds as well in recent times. Large shade “umbrellas” are currently in the process of being erected between Coastlands Block and the Undercover area which will be a wonderful addition once finished. The Noongar 6 Seasons mural has been completed and looks amazing. If you haven’t seen it, it’s located between Wetlands block and the fence on Merevale Gardens. The official unveiling will be occurring this Friday when the students celebrate Cultural Awareness Day.
Voluntary Contributions provide additional resources to enhance the curriculum. Your $60 per student equals 30c per day. Thank you to the 62% of families who have paid their contributions. If you haven’t done so yet, there is still time and the office staff are more than willing to discuss the payment options available.
Our school is growing and Administration are in the process of planning for next year. If you are aware that your family won’t be returning in 2021, please let the office know.
As my youngest child is graduating this year, I will be stepping down from the School Board, which I have been a member of for 6 years. It has been really rewarding to be a part of South Coogee’s School Board as a parent representative. I highly recommend you consider applying for one of the two positions that are becoming vacant in 2021.
Enjoy the final weeks of Term 4!
Yesterday the school community from Pre-primary to Year 6 created a “Temporary Art Installation” around the boat. The artwork was inspired by the book, “Only One You” by Linda Kranz. Each student had made and painted their own, unique, clay fish in art, with Mrs Bux. The fish were then arranged around the boat to create a “school” of fish, swimming around the boat together, highlighting that we are all the same- but different… and- we all belong!
It was a lovely event, made even more special by Ms Barnes reading the story to us all and Mrs Dawson capturing the moment with photos with the school drone.